Everyday, you go to work in the very same routine and it seems like you are going nowhere and there’s no way to break out from this mundane cycle.
You are being diligent daily but there’s no big progress in your work. Further reading into this article, you will find some great suggestions to help you escape this cycle, mainly by being less hardworking.
As opposed to the regular negative perception of being lazy, where only hard work could lead to success. What if laziness and procrastination could actually help you go further in life?
How Should You Work Lazily?
One of the famous quotes by Bill Gates was “hire a lazy person to do a difficult job because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”
You can be more productive if you think like a slacker. How? You will find a way to get the work done in the shortest time with the maximum outcome.
These are some ways how you can turn procrastination into a positive quality in work.
Less Time = High Pressure = Higher Focus
Honestly, this formula usually works for most people.
Psychologically, the feeling of insufficient time to complete your work will create a sense of urge in an individual to realize what’s more vital.
If you wait until the last minute to complete a task, you are forced to focus on the project at hand.
A person tends to do extra work that’s not required to when they start early on a project. Based on personal experience, if I wait until the last minute to work on something, the stress of it automatically narrows my focus to what’s important, and I can quickly toss away the rest. In this sense, everything I worked on is essential to the final outcome, no effort is wasted, and I could even get it done within a shorter duration.
Let The Machine Do It's Work
Human is relying highly in the usage of machines nowadays, which means that we can work lesser.
The extra time can be save for other purpose. For example, rather than going into Facebook throughout the day, block some time in the morning to schedule your posts for the whole day in one go, job done.
Actually, you can even plan your content and schedule it in advance for the week.
Change your mind later? It’s ok, you are free to edit it anytime before the scheduled time.
You May Be Lazy Because You’re Good In Your Job
Ever wonder why some people have more spare time than their peers? Rather than accusing them of being lazy, think twice, maybe it just shows that they are really efficient people.
In this fashion, one shall perceive that only clever people get the pass to be lazy.
However, it is not mission impossible for you to master the skills to be a part of it.
In the business operating system, employees who are both clever and lazy are hired for jobs with high leadership obligations.
They are master at avoiding “busywork” such as pointless meetings. These tasks are assigned to others to produce higher efficiency.
Therefore, they can work on the higher priorities without being distracted by unnecessary interferences.
Here's a successful example of productivity improvement due to laziness.
The CEO of Shopify, handled the difficult customers by getting rid of them, because he couldn’t be bothered to work with difficult customers anymore.
Lazy? Perhaps. Nevertheless, the result was that he could spend more time focusing on the quality of their customers than quantity.
He possessed the intellectual clarity and composure to make the decision, which benefits the company for long term.
For the self-employed, it is one of the hardest way to make money since it is mainly a one-man show.
However, we are suggesting you to think the opposite. Lazy entrepreneurship has been trending lately.
Entrepreneurs build business that generate revenue without the need of you staying in the office for a long time.
Work remotely is the keyword. You can make any place as your office based on your own personal schedule.
A translator can travel freely while still translate efficiently as a relaxed mind is a productive mind.
Based on scientific research, downtime can replenish the individual’s willingness and ability to work, which increase overall productivity (read more).
Why Laziness Should Be Used For Business Growth?
Working less doesn’t mean being less effective. Pareto Principle also known as the 80-20 rule, named after Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto.
The principle suggests that just 20% of your efforts can deliver 80% of the results. It is a highly celebrated time management technique throughout the decade.
Theoretically, only 20% really matter out of the things you do during your day. Lazy people can cut down on 80% of their workload by identifying and focusing only on those things (read more).
The crucial key to being lazy but still productive is to understand the logic behind the decision. People shall realize that it is not all negative to be a lazy person.
All it matters is the outcome in the end. It’s all about placing the right effort on the right timing to save you more time to do other things.
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Tell us what you think! Do you agree that being lazy can be a positive thing?